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January Pic of the Vine

Friday, January 30, 2015 0 comments

In the offseason, resident photographer Richard Duval selects certain images and moves into fine art mode. Using various software tools (but not Photoshop), he experiments with tone, light, symmetry, and shadow to create a new image that is then printed on metallic-coated paper and fused to a sheet of aluminum for display. This month’s Pic of the Vine - titled “Blue Vine” - is a recent addition to that collection.

“My intent is to illustrate the wine world we see every day in a different fashion,” Duval said. “I’m always drawn to the natural beauty of the vineyard, but I’m also intrigued by what I might uncover by deliberately and carefully altering the photo’s elements. Blue Vine conjures the stark cold of the winter season but also underscores the precision of the rows, carefully tended throughout the year.”

Click on the picture for a larger image. Enjoy!

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from January 15th to 21st. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wines & Vines writes that Oregon winery wages outpace employment.

Wine Business writes about Helen Keplinger joining Force Majeure as a consultant.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from January 8th to 14th. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

The Courier Islander (Campbell River, BC) writes about the Kung Fu Girl Riesling.

From around the country…

The Capital Gazette (Maryland) writes about the Horse Heaven Hills.

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The January-February issue of Vineyard & Winery Management contains five articles I authored, including the cover story on the top 40 viticulture and enology advances of the last 40 years. The issue also includes an article looking at the effects of the liquor privatization in Washington; issues regarding the current supply of American oak; and harvest reports for Washington and Oregon (yes, this was why this site was so quiet last fall).

Additionally, the January-February issue of Edible Seattle contains an article on Ballard’s Captive Spirits titled, “Making Big Gin: Ballard's Captive Spirits - the little distillery that could". See a list of newsstand locations.

See other recent articles, most with web links or .pdf downloads.


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Plans for 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015 4 comments

As we start off the New Year, I want to write about plans for 2015 and what you can expect to see in this space. Without further ado.

1. All Washington wine reviews and scores will be now published in Wine Enthusiast magazine

Now that I have posted reviews for all of the wines that were received at Washington Wine Report prior to October 1st when my responsibilities at Wine Enthusiast changed, all formal reviews and scores of Washington wines will now be published in Wine Enthusiast as opposed to in this space (see my list of Wine Enthusiast coverage areas). I encourage you to subscribe to the magazine. However, these reviews are also freely available at, the magazine’s website.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from January 1st to 7th 2015. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Scene (Wisconsin) writes about Washington wine.

Forbes writes about ten ways to love wine in 2015, with shout outs to Washington and Oregon. They also write about the Four Graces Pinot Gris.

The Washington Post writes about the Washington Hills Merlot.

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Happy New Year folks! Starting off the year, a round-up of stories on Northwest wine from December 22nd to 31st. Read previous roundups here.

From around the world…

The Montreal Gazette recommends the Kung Fu Girl Riesling.

The Windsor Square (Toronto) asks whether Burgundian Pinot Noir is a fool’s game.

From around the country…

Wine Enthusiast writes about Oregon Pinot Noir.

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